It is ironic that the Democrats, a political party that makes no secret of the fact it despises the American military, are using images of wounded soldiers to raise money for their viciously anti-military ticket. One veteran, a disfigured survivor of an IED blast in Iraq that killed four of his comrades, wants the Democrats to stop using his image to shill for their party and candidates.
"People, stop using me for your propaganda, for your agenda. I'm not here for that.
I don't know what Trump said, but I'm sure he didn't call me a loser. I didn't hear him call me a loser, so this has got to stop. Stop using my image."
— Bobby Henline pic.twitter.com/XCNUp9o2HH
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 7, 2020
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“I’m just so irritated that they put my image up there because now it looks like the president called me a loser,” Bobby Henline, a four-tour Iraq War veteran, told the press, referring to comments fabricated by the Democrats about the president regarding wounded veterans. “And they’re using that to sell something that they believe in for their agenda. It’s not fair to put us [veterans] as props in the middle of all that.”
Last week, leftist media entity The Atlantic knowingly published a false story in which “anonymous sources” claimed President Trump had made sardonic remarks about U.S. soldiers and veterans, allegedly calling them “suckers” and “losers” in 2018.
“I really believe the president didn’t say this,” Henline said. “There’s been anonymous sources and other sources in the room that aren’t necessarily friends with the president or believe in his ways, but they’re still not gonna slam him and make up this rumor and keep it spreading. And so with that said, I don’t think he really said this.” Henline is correct. Both John Kelley and John Bolton, neither a fan of the president, were in the room when the comments were allegedly made. Both men deny the president made those comments, as have many others.
“Them taking that well-recognized photo and using it for their agenda and changing veterans’ minds, thinking the president talks to them like that is ridiculous,” Henline said. “And I believe it worked. And that’s why I want to get it taken down because it shouldn’t be working. People need to hear the truth. That’s my image. And it should not be up there speaking for me.”
With all due respect, Henline is incorrect there. Veterans, including this one and many reading this, are too rightly suspicious of Democrat propaganda to take it seriously. In fact, the ploy likely backfired on the Democrats, as using a fellow veteran’s injury and service to advance an anti-military political agenda will not sit too well with veterans who vote—and most do.
But this is not a great surprise to anyone who has been politically aware since the 1960s. When the Democrats and their media lapdogs turned from initially supporting the Vietnam War to radically opposing it, their attitude on the military changed as well. Gone were JFK’s military heroes, as Kennedy himself was a combat vet. The heroes were replaced in Democrat minds by the fascist baby killers referenced by the New Left and George McGovern. Ironically, McGovern himself was a WWII bomber pilot. But even he could not control the Bolsheviks he unleashed. Since then, at least since 1972, Democrats have hated the American military and have done everything they could to weaken it. This move is just another example of that disrespect and hatred.